MacBook Air won't boot properly. Need to get some files back!
I have a MacBook Air (revision 2, the kind that came out in mid 2009) that went kaput recently. Last weekend, when I woke it from sleep, it was grinding along until it came to a halt, shut down, and then couldn't boot normally.
I can get into safe mode (where you hold command+S when powering on), and I can read my hard drive. I try to run
and get a series of errors. I try to mount the drive so I can read it, and get a series of errors. So, I can browse around in the console and read everything, but can't write or erase or copy or move anything.
I need to get some files off of this drive (yes, I should have backed up my stuff more recently). Reading this question
makes me think that the Apple store won't try to recover data for me. (It also seems like that guy had the same problem I do.)
I took the thing apart and found out that this particular
version of the Air uses a proprietary interface that no one seems to make external enclosures for. It's a really small ZIF interface, I think.
The good news: when I plug in my USB stick, I get a message that says
USBMSC Identifier (non-unique):
followed by a bunch of numbers. This makes me think that somewhere, it's able to read this USB drive, but I have no clue where it is, and I don't think I could mount it if I can't write to the original drive to create a mount point.
Outside of walking into the Apple store with the drive in hand and asking them if they can get files off of it, do you have any suggestions? I'm not interested in getting a new drive to save the machine, I'm interested in saving the files from the current hard drive.
If you can help, I'll be ever so much in your debt. We're talking nearly a year's worth of mathematics course material that I've written that I may have lost!